Day by Day History


A great deal of history has been made in the Archdiocese of Dubuque since its founding in 1837. The Archives Office has attempted to put together a day by day accounting of both the significant and everyday events that have shaped our history.

AprilDescription/YearLocation of material
1April 1954: Franciscans sell “Our Lady of Lourdes” property on 17th St. It had served many educational needs, including a female college instigated by Catherine Beecher, sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe.The Witness
2April 2, 1902: Immaculate Conception, Haverhill had its beginnings in 1877 with 12 German and 9 Irish families. By 1900 the parish numbered 73 families and on
April 2, 1902 the corner stone for a larger church was laid.
Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), pp. 337-339
2April 2, 2005: Death of Pope John Paul II.The Witness
4April 4, 2005: Michael O. Jackels ordained bishop; became archbishop of Dubuque in 2013.The Witness
6April 6, 1726: Birth of Saint Gerard Majella in Italy. Canonized Dec. 11, 1904 by Pope Pius X.The Witness
7April 7, 1851: beginning of the “Catholic Congregation of Guttenberg”; later named Holy Trinity — first church of any denomination in Clayton CountyCentennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 43
7April 7, 1991: Archbishop Kucera dedicated the recently constructed St. Stephen Student Center in Cedar Falls.The Witness
10April 10, 1882: St. Joseph’s, Independence. Parish began when some of the German pioneers in the area met with a view of founding their own parish and sent a petition to the Bishop.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 335
10April 10, 1963: Release of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). He called it his Easter present to the world.The Witness
11April 11, 2015: The Seven Sisters Apostolate of the Dubuque Archdiocese held its first retreat at the Cathedral. The Seven Sisters pray for our priests.The Witness
13April 13, 1863: “German Roman Catholic Building Association of Dubuque” organized. Its purpose was to raise money to construct a larger church for St. Mary’s.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 37+
14April 14, 2007: Death of Father William Menster, “South Pole Padre.”The Witness
14April 14, 1948: Professor Joseph Dreher was honored during one of several events commemorating his 50 years of service to Sacred Heart in Dubuque as organist and teacher.The Witness
15April 15, 1905: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) ordered to be established in every parish in the world by Pope Pius X.The Witness
16April 16, 1210: Official founding of the Franciscan Order
17April 17, 1936: Death of Arnold Seitz, “Dubuque Boy, Hospital Patient for 20 years, One of City’s Foremost Figures.”The Witness
18April 18, 1980: Death of Father Raymond Duffy.The Witness
194/19/1839: Bishop Loras arrived in the recently created diocese of DubuqueThe Witness
19Msgr. Thomas Zinkula named Bishop of DavenportThe Catholic Messenger (Davenport)
20April 20, 1839: First baptism by Bishop Loras in Dubuque was that of Thomas Bourne.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 9
22April 22, 1837: Bishops at a Council in Baltimore recommended to Pope Gregory XVI, the erection of the See of Dubuque, Iowa in the great hinterlandCentennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. xxvii
24April 24, 1985:New way to spread the gospel; (CTNA) satellite dish installed at Archdiocesan CenterThe Witness
24April 24, 1866: John Hennessy chosen Bishop of Dubuque.The Witness
24April 24, 1963: St. John’s Church and School dedicated, after the old church and school were destroyed by fire in 1960The Witness
25April 25, 1898: Corner stone ceremony for St. Joseph’s Elkader, handsome stone structure designed by architect, Guido Beck of Dubuque.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 78
25April 25: Latest date on which Easter can occur; next in 2038.The Witness
26April 26, 1784: Death of Nano Nagle, founder of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM) in Ireland. Sisters arrived from Ireland in 1874 to open a school in St. Joseph Parish, Key West.The Witness
26April 26, 1950: New Hampton celebrated the golden anniversary of the erection of St. Joseph’s church and pastor, Father Emmet Kelly, celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination.The Witness
28April 28, 1901: Area around New Hampton first settled in 1854. In 1868 the Catholic families decided to build a church. St. Joseph’s was dedicated in 1870. But it soon became too small for the growing congregation and a new building was dedicated on April 28, 1901Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), pp. 276-277
29April 29, 1932: Sacred Heart, Maquoketa, a newly improved church building was rededicated by Archbishop Francis J. Beckman.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 315
30April 30, 1803: Louisiana purchased from Napoleon for $15,000,000. Iowa carved out of this territory, the name given it by the Indians meant “Drowsy ones”.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. xxvi